August 13, 2013

New BI Portal for UW Enterprise Data Warehouse Reporting Needs

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A new UW Business Intelligence (BI) portal connects anyone at the UW with central reports and analytics from the UW Enterprise Data Warehouse to use in their strategic planning and decision making. Developed by UW-IT, the BI portal provides quick access to consistent and reliable data reporting and analysis tools for subject areas including research, academic, HR, finance, advancement, and facilities. An easy-to-use tile interface presents customized information for you, lets you see what’s trending, provide feedback, and get report recommendations. Look under the hood to see underlying SQL queries and data definitions, too. Take a guided tour.

August 12, 2013

Additions to UW Google Apps: Chrome Web Store, Takeout, and More

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New apps have been added to UW Google Apps including Takeout, Translator Toolkit, Chrome Web Store, and Custom Search. Chrome Web Store has a wide range of extensions, themes, and apps designed for the Google Chrome browser, and Takeout allows you to export data from a number of Google products. Check out these additional apps and the others that are already available. Each app must undergo an enterprise risk assessment before UW-IT makes it available to the UW community. Support is provided by Google.

August 9, 2013

UW Medicine Learning Management System Adopts UW NetID

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The 23,000 staff and affiliates who use the UW Medicine Learning Management System now all sign in the same way, using their familiar UW NetID and the UW’s Shibboleth Identity Provider that works with the Weblogin service for Web authentication. This is one of the larger applications to move to these centrally funded services, and underscores a positive trend toward the widening use of standards-based protocols at the UW that enable single sign-on for better user experience and satisfaction while reducing cost and complexity, and providing for cross-institutional collaboration when it’s needed. Other UW units interested in making a similar change can get information online about UW NetID and Authentication services provided by UW-IT.

August 7, 2013

E-RESOURCE: Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive

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This summer's Lone Ranger is not the first actor to shout "Hi-Yo, Silver! Away!" The cowboy starred on radio and television, in Vaudeville, and even performed in a circus act in 1943. Explore the history of this legendary cowboy and other great characters from radio, stage, and screen in Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive, a digitized collection of popular and trade publications covering film, broadcasting, popular music, and theater published in the U.S. and Great Britain from their inceptions through 2000.

August 6, 2013

Drop-In Canvas Course Site Help for UW Instructors: August 13, 20; September 3

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This summer, UW faculty members and teaching assistants can work to integrate teaching with technology, including Canvas sites, into their fall courses, with colleagues from across campus as well as technology and pedagogy experts from UW-IT and the Center for Teaching and Learning. These Canvas studio times—highly rated by faculty participants in the Technology Teaching Fellows Institute—are now open to all UW instructors; just drop in to UW Seattle’s Odegaard Undergraduate Library from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on August 13 and August 20 (room 136) and September 3 (room 102). The online Canvas for Instructors Help Center is always available, and more studio times will be offered this academic year.

August 2, 2013

New UW Financial Aid “Shopping Sheet” for Students

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A new Financial Aid “Shopping Sheet” is now available for prospective students that provides easy-to-read information about the University’s costs and their UW financial aid package. The Shopping Sheet makes it easier for students to compare offers from different colleges by using a standardized template, developed by the US Department of Education, which 500 colleges and universities have committed to adopting during the 2013-2014 school year. The UW’s Shopping Sheet was developed by UW-IT and the Office of Student Financial Aid, and is available in the financial aid status portion of Student Personal Services, which can be accessed through MyUW.

July 16, 2013

New UW Events Calendar Uses Trumba

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The new UW Events Calendar is now live on all three UW campuses and provides easy sharing of events, including event registration. It offers an improved mobile experience and user interface, and many ways to display and feature events on your websites. The new calendar runs on Trumba software and is supported by the Technology Recharge Fee. To request a departmental calendar on this system, complete this brief WebQ.

July 15, 2013

HR/Payroll Modernization: Business Process Redesign Open House Sept. 12

HR/Payroll ModernizationTo better understand the changes that a new HR and Payroll system will create, the UW community is invited to a Business Process Redesign Open House on September 12 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the UW Seattle HUB Lyceum room. Come learn how the effort to redesign HR and payroll business processes across the University will aid in selecting a new HR/P system, and hear about the future design of those processes, anticipated benefits, and potential impacts. The process redesign effort, part of the HR/Payroll Modernization (HR/P) initiative, is crucial for realizing major efficiencies across units.

July 12, 2013

E-RESOURCE: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

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The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), published by the American Psychological Association, is now available to the UW community courtesy of the UW Libraries. Used by clinicians to diagnose psychological ailments in patients, this official manual has been completely reorganized and updated with current information from the research literature. Descriptions, diagnostic criteria and codes, and prevalence information is included for disorders such as agoraphobia, delirium, narcolepsy, and post-traumatic stress. Click “DSM Library” in the light blue band above the search box.

July 11, 2013

SPSS: UW License Renewed; Get Through UWare

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The UW’s licensing agreement with IBM for the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) has been renewed. The UW’s SPSS 21 annual subscription is available to UW faculty, staff, and all students, but must be renewed each year. The UW’s SPSS 19 perpetual license does not need to be renewed, but is available only to UW faculty, staff, and graduate students (not undergraduates). Both may be used on UW-owned or leased computers and personal home computers. UW-IT manages the license, and offers the software through UWare.